When I began, twenty years ago, to do psychotherapy, many times I felt like giving up —I was afraid I couldn’t receive that promised land I believed God wanted to give me. But I learned that fear itself was the enemy. The more I attacked the fear, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the weaker it got, until I began to live comfortably in that particular Canaan.
Winston Churchill, when England was under attack from Hitler, famously said, "Never, never, never, never, never never, never, never give up." Be active rather than passive. Even if the fears are assaulting us like bombs in the night, don’t lie down and let them win.
Some of us are in obvious spiritual battles right now. If we are not feeling attacked now, we have felt the barrage in the past and we will fight again. Fear, like I wrestled with as a psychotherapy beginner, is a common weapon the enemy wields. Let’s recognize when we are fighting fear and let’s never give up.
Lord, give us your power to fight against our fear.